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How To Stop Your Pet Getting Fleas

Fleas are the irritating little instincts that live off the blood of your cat or dog. If left untreated, fleas can cause dermatitis, transmit tapeworm or bring about anaemia in puppies with a heavy infestation.

Dr. Melissa Meehan lets you know how to stop your dog from contracting and living with fleas...

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  • The fleas on your pet are only 5% of the problem. The rest live in the environment, mainly in homes, which includes thousands of eggs and larvae that are not visible to the naked eye.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, fleas are not just prevalent in the warmer months of summer. They actually breed all year round and owners need to remain vigilant to prevent major flea outbreaks on their pets and in their homes.
  • To prevent a flea infestation, houses with dogs and cats need to be vacuumed regularly and their pet's bedding washed in boiling hot water.
  • Monthly flea treatments on all household pets will reduce the likelihood of a severe flea outbreak.

Regular flea control is crucial step in keeping your pets and homes flea free.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.